Legacy::Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet


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Statue of Harris outside St. Clement Danes

Harris died on 5 April 1984, eight days before his 92nd birthday, at his home in Goring.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> His only son died without an heir in 1996, at which date the Baronetcy of Harris, of Chipping Wycombe became extinct.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

In 1989, five years after Harris's death, a one-off feature-length drama about Harris's tenure as AOC-in-C of Bomber Command was broadcast under the title Bomber Harris on BBC Television, with John Thaw in the title role.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Despite protests from Germany as well as some in Britain,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> the Bomber Harris Trust (an RAF veterans' organisation formed to defend the good name of their commander) erected a statue of him outside the RAF Church of St. Clement Danes, London, in 1992. It was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother who looked surprised when she was jeered by protesters, one of whom shouted, "Harris was a war criminal". An inscription on the statue reads: "The Nation owes them all an immense debt." The statue had to be kept under 24-hour guard for a period of months as it was often damaged by protesters and iconoclasts.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

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